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Bonnie Strassell - Owen County Historical Society

  • Owen County Historical Soceity: ‘Rebel Fight Song’ has roots in the 1950s

    “They always call our boys the Rebels
    They fight, fight to the end
    They can dribble fast or slow
    Give them the ball and just look at them go
    Hip Hip Hooray for Owen County Rebels
    They’re gonna win it tonight
    So give a great big cheer
    For the heroes of the year
    For Owen County High”

    For 60 years the Rebel Fight Song has reverberated from the walls of gymnasiums. For a few years less, it has echoed across baseball diamonds and football fields.

  • Owen County Historical Society: Owen countians share their huckster stories

    We didn’t have much money but we had a lot of love, and we shared that with everyone.

    Paying tribute to her mother and father at the historical society meeting last Thursday, Yolanda Lucas Ellis reminisced about her childhood as the daughter of an Owen county huckster.
    Yolanda was born and raised in Bromley, worked in Owen County schools for over 30 years, and she, Glenna Clifton, and Pat Smoot were the first three women to serve on the Owen County fire department.

  • Kay’s Branch News: A bit of Mexican therapy pays off for Branch neighbor


    Rosemary was back in church on Sunday. She was invited to by a friend of hers to go to Cancun for a week vacation in her time-share down there.
    Rosemary had knee surgery at the end of the year and her friend kept her walking on the beach every day to exercise her knee.
    Rosemary said she really didn’t appreciate it at the time but by the time she got home, her knee was much stronger and the 85-degree weather didn’t hurt either. I think she had a wonderful time even with the therapy.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Huckster story harkens back to by-gone day

    In the 1930’s Owen countians recognized the piercing blast of the air-horn as it echoed up and down the hills and hollows of Owen.
    The words “Here Comes Bob” painted on a large, rambling red truck were the only introduction needed to announce the weekly visit of the Bromley huckster Bob Lucas.
    Yolanda Lucas Ellis, Bob’s daughter, was the official horn blower for her father as she accompanied him from community to community; and she will share some of her childhood memories at the historical society meeting Thursday.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Talk will help explain what a huckster was

    Even though Owen County has yet to see a major snowfall, to the delight of adults and dismay of the younger crowd, the Owen County Historical Society Board spent several hours last week making plans for spring and summer.
    The backyard of the museum will display several new surprises, including a riverboat mural gracing the concrete building in the back yard of McDonald and New Funeral Home.
    Our resident sign painter Jarl Lee Harris will begin the project sometime in April as weather permits.   

  • Owen Historical Society News: Grandmas, nanas and mamaws made history

    Mamaw, Granny, Ma, Nana, and Grandma.
    These endearing names have been spoken by Owen countians throughout the years to designate that special grandmother who captured the hearts of families.
    There are many examples in Owen County where mamaws and papaws moved into the home of their children and grandchildren. Other grandparents lived and died in the same house in which they were born. 

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Speaker will enlighten the Battle of Gettysburg

    “The battle is over, and although we did not succeed in pushing the enemy out of their strong position, I am sure they have not any thing to boast about.”

    With these words, Private Louis Leon, CSA, described the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. 
    Over three hot summer days, July 1 to July 3, 1863, around the small market town of Gettysburg, Penn., the battle raged between the Union and Confederate Armies.

  • Owen County Historical Soceity News: Speaker will enlighten the Battle of Gettysburg

    “The battle is over, and although we did not succeed in pushing the enemy out of their strong position, I am sure they have not any thing to boast about.”

    With these words, Private Louis Leon, CSA, described the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. 
    Over three hot summer days, July 1 to July 3, 1863, around the small market town of Gettysburg, Penn., the battle raged between the Union and Confederate Armies.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Society will explore War of 1812 in publication

    During the War of 1812, 63-year-old Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby personally led the Kentucky militia into battle against the British and their Indian allies.
    Early in the war, Kentuckians  had suffered a great defeat and massacre at the hands of the British and Indians on the banks of the Raisin River.

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Society makes a little history this year

    “A knowledge of the past prepares us for the crisis of the present and the challenge of the future.”
    These words of President John F. Kennedy are a poignant reminder of the vital necessity to preserve the history of our nation, our state, our community, and our families. Artifacts, stories, and documents of our ancestors serve as a bridge connecting us to our past.